Team USA wins 12 medals at Para-cycling world cup

By Katie Branham | May 12, 2014, 4:13 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Team USA opened the 2014 season on the roads with a successful haul of 12 medals at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup that concluded on Sunday, May 11 in Castiglione Della Pescaia, Italy.

Team USA won six gold, three silver and three bronze medals to tie Italy for the most gold medals. The host nation took the top spot in the medal tally, with the Italians winning a total of 17. The U.S. finished second, narrowly edging out Germany which also had 12 medals, three of which were gold. 

U.S. Navy veteran Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) was the top performer for the men. The crossover athlete who owns three Paralympic medals in wheelchair rugby won the men’s H1 road race, finished third in the H1 time trial and won gold as a member of the handcycle team relay, along with teammates Freddy De Los Santos (Hopewell Junction, New York) and Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada).

On the women’s side, U.S. Army veteran Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas) had an outstanding showing, as she won both the C4 time trial and road race. 

Team USA Medalists
Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Ga.) - 1st place MT2 time trial
Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kan.) - 1st place WC4 time trial
Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kan.) - 1st place WC4 road race
Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.) - 1st place WC3 road race
Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) - 1st place MH1 road race
Freddy De Los Santos (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.), Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nev.) - 1st place handcycle relay
Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.) - 2nd place WC5 time trial
Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.) - 2nd place WC5 road race
Steven Peace (San Diego, Calif.) - 2nd place MT2 time trial
Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.) - 3rd place WH2 time trial
Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) - 3rd place MH1 time trial
Jeffrey “Scott” Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) - 3rd place MC4 time trial

The next competition for Team USA’s cyclists will be the USA Cycling Professional Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 24-26. The event will host the handcycle criterium championships along with open time trials for all classes.